July 2019

07.07.2019

# New Publications

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Aresta, M.; et al. (2019): An Economy Based on Carbon Dioxide and Water. Potential of large scale carbon

Aresta, M.; Karimi, I.; Kawi S. (Eds.) (2019): An Economy Based on Carbon Dioxide and Water. Potential of large scale carbon. [S.l.]: SPRINGER NATURE. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-15868-2

"This book is devoted to CO2 capture and utilization (CCU) from a green, biotechnological and economic perspective, and presents the potential of, and the bottlenecks and breakthroughs in converting a stable molecule such as CO2 into specialty chemicals and materials or energy-rich compounds."

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07.07.2019

# Media

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The Guardian: The wrong kind of trees: Ireland's afforestation meets resistance

"Ireland is ramping up its response to the climate crisis by planting forests – lots of forests. East, west, north, south, the plan is to plant forests, the more the better. With enough trees, goes the hope, Ireland can compensate for many of the cows, vehicles and fossil-burning power plants that make it one of Europe’s worst climate offenders."

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07.07.2019

# New Publications

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Francaviglia, R.; et al. (2019): Assessing “4 per 1000” soil organic carbon storage rates under Mediterranean climate: a comprehensive data analysis

Francaviglia, R.; Di Bene, C.; Farina, R.; Salvati, L.; Vicente-Vicente, J. (2019): Assessing “4 per 1000” soil organic carbon storage rates under Mediterranean climate: a comprehensive data analysis. In: Mitig Adapt Strat Glob Change 24 (5), S. 795–818. DOI: 10.1007/s11027-018-9832-x.

"Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) is considered a proxy of soil health, contributing to food production, mitigation, and adaptation to climate change and other ecosystem services. Implementing Recommended Management Practices (RMPs) may increase SOC stocks, contributing to achieve the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of the Parties agreements reached in Paris, France. In this framework, the “4 per 1000” initiative invites partners implementing practical actions to reach a SOC stock annual growth of 4‰."

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07.07.2019

# New Publications

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Caves Rugenstein, J.; et al. (2019): Neogene cooling driven by land surface reactivity rather than increased weathering fluxes

Caves Rugenstein, J.; Ibarra, D.; Blanckenburg, F. von (2019): Neogene cooling driven by land surface reactivity rather than increased weathering fluxes. In: Nature 571 (7763), S. 99–102. DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1332-y.

"The long-term cooling, decline in the partial pressure of carbon dioxide, and the establishment of permanent polar ice sheets during the Neogene period have frequently been attributed to increased uplift and erosion of mountains and consequent increases in silicate weathering, which removes atmospheric carbon dioxide. However, geological records of erosion rates are potentially subject to averaging biases, and the magnitude of the increase in weathering fluxes—and even its existence—remain debated. "

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07.07.2019

# Media

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Legal Planet: Can Planting Trees Solve Climate Change?

"That is, the authors claim that reforestation is more effective than reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Unfortunately, this is misleading, if not false, as well as potentially dangerous. It is misleading for several reasons."

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07.07.2019

# New Publications

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Bastin, J.; et al. (2019): The global tree restoration potential

Bastin, J.; Finegold, Y.; Garcia, C.; Mollicone, D.; Rezende, M.; Routh, D. et al. (2019): The global tree restoration potential. In: Science (New York, N.Y.) 365 (6448), S. 76–79. DOI: 10.1126/science.aax0848.

"The restoration of forested land at a global scale could help capture atmospheric carbon and mitigate climate change. Bastin et al. used direct measurements of forest cover to generate a model of forest restoration potential across the globe (see the Perspective by Chazdon and Brancalion)."

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07.07.2019

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The Guardian: Tree planting 'has mind-blowing potential' to tackle climate crisis

"Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas."

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07.07.2019

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Biomass Magazine: C-Capture secures grant to scale up Drax carbon capture pilot

"C-Capture, the designer of world-leading and innovative chemical processes for carbon dioxide removal, and working alongside the Drax Group, has secured a £5 million grant from the U.K. government for a two year program of work to progress their bioenergy and carbon capture and storage (BECCS) project at Drax Power Station."

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07.07.2019

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DesingNews: Nano-Organisms Can Eat Carbon Dioxide to Produce Bio-Fuels and Plastics

"Researchers are constantly searching for new and inventive ways to develop cleaner plastics and bio-fuels to solve some of the pollution problems the world faces. As part of this effort, researchers at Colorado University Boulder have developed perhaps one of the most interesting inventions thus far—nanobio-hybrid organisms that “eat” airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen and can use it to produce a variety of plastics and fuels."

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07.07.2019

# Media

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The Economist: Reaching for the sunshade: July 2030

"THE PARIS climate deal commits its signatories to cuts in climate-changing greenhouse-gas emissions over the coming decades. But even if countries stick to their promises (and some may not), that may not be enough to avert catastrophe. [...] Under these conditions, it seems likely that some countries will propose the use of a technique called “solar geoengineering” to cool the planet or slow its warming."

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